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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Ashanti to Zulu

    Caldecott Book Title: Ashanti to Zulu Reading Level: Third Grade 3.7 Genre: Informational About the Author: Margaret Musgrove was born and raised in Plainville, Connecticut. She received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut, her M.S. from Central Connecticut State College, and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation at the University of Massachusetts. She has lived and studied in Ghana, and has done extensive research there, at the University of Massachusetts, and at Yale in the preparation of this book. Ms. Musgrove now lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and two young children. Ashanti to Zulu is her first book. Book Review: Ashanti to Zulu describes the cultures of about twenty-six African tribes from the Ashanti to the Zulu. ¿Ashanti weavers make a beautiful cloth called kente.¿ They weave the cloth into bright silk threads and give each different design a name. Zulu dancers salute their chief and play their drums as they dance. ¿The Zulus have beautiful and complicated dances for all occasions.¿ This book describes each of the tribes clothing styles, their villages and homes, as well as their lifestyles. It explains about their ceremonies, celebrations and day to day customs. ¿Chagga priests perform this ceremony in traditional costumes, and sometimes the children¿s faces are painted. After a big celebration, the children are considered adults.¿ There is also a map showing where each tribe resides in Africa. This book is interesting and informative and would be a wonderful way to introduce children to African culture. I would recommend it for learning and enjoyment. Bibliographic Information: Musgrove, Margaret. Ashanti to Zulu African Traditions. New York: The Dial Press, 1976.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    African Traditions

    Musgrove, Margaret. 'Ashanti to Zulu' New York: Penguin Books, 1976.Reading Level 4.9. Leo and Diane Dillon illustrated this collection. They also illustrated 'Why Mosquitos Buzz in Peoples Ears.' They met while in art school together and have been working together as one ever since. They once again are brilliant in their illustrations as they bring to life 26 traditions and customs of African tribes, all in alphabetical order as retold by Margaret Musgrove. This book is a wonderful way to get a taste of African culture. In small condensed versions of a multitude of tales and traditions we get a well rounded representation of the culture. Since it is in alphabetical order, and the stories arer condensed the reader can enjoy the new information without being overwhelmed by it. We learn many new terms such as, 'Ga', and instument women use to make food, and 'Jie', which are herders in Uganda. I really enjoyed this book. The tales are well adapted and the pictures are incredible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions is an A-Z alphabet book of African culture.

    It features twenty-six indigenous African tribes and provides information about some of the traditions and customs of each tribe. The Book depicts the clothing styles, villages, homes, and lifestyles of each tribe. The names of the tribes are accompanied by pronunciation guides. The book shows the great cultural diversity that exists within Africa. There is also a map of Africa showing where each tribe resides. Additionally some linguistic information is also provided. The text is complemented by beautiful illustrations. It is obvious that this book has been produced from meticulous research and labors of love. It is interesting, informative, entertaining and visually stunning. I recommend it for reading. It is also as a great addition to any public or home library. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to African culture

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    African Adventure

    So much research and detail went into this beautifully written and illustrated book. It was like taking African History 101. I think I enjoyed it more than my 6 and 10 year olds. And you know what else? It's not expensive. I will add this to my home library. I think it will make a great Kwanzaa gift (economic and educational). At this price, I may purchase quite a few for the children in my family and for my friends' children. GREAT BOOK. OUTSTANDING.

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